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2015 Mazda Mazda3

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$10,118 — $18,718 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
29-33 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Responsive highway passing
  • Attractive cabin
  • Seat comfort
  • Many high-tech options
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Strong brakes

The Bad

  • Somewhat firm ride
  • Smallish cabin
  • Cabin storage, cargo space
  • Transmission gearing makes for slow starts
  • Rear seats too low to the floor
2015 Mazda Mazda3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Mazda Mazda3
  • Sedan or hatchback
  • Two four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Up to 41 mpg highway
  • Forward collision warning system available

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Vehicle Overview

Redesigned in 2014, the compact five-seat Mazda3 is available as a sedan or four-door hatchback and comes with Mazda's high-efficiency technologies marketed under the SkyActiv name. It competes with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf and Jetta, to name a few.

New for 2015
A six-speed manual transmission is now available with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 16-inch wheels; 18-inch wheels available
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available adaptive headlights
  • Available LED daytime running lights
  • Available fog lights
  • Available rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available heated side mirrors
  • Available active grille shutters that reduce aerodynamic drag

Interior Highlights

  • Cloth upholstery; simulated leather or real leather available
  • Air conditioning; available dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Stereo with MP3 jack and USB port; CD player available
  • Available cruise control
  • Available Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Available navigation system with 7-inch touch-screen
  • Available Bose stereo with internet radio compatibility

Under the Hood

  • Base 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Available i-ELOOP ...
Vehicle Overview

Redesigned in 2014, the compact five-seat Mazda3 is available as a sedan or four-door hatchback and comes with Mazda's high-efficiency technologies marketed under the SkyActiv name. It competes with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf and Jetta, to name a few.

New for 2015
A six-speed manual transmission is now available with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 16-inch wheels; 18-inch wheels available
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available adaptive headlights
  • Available LED daytime running lights
  • Available fog lights
  • Available rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available heated side mirrors
  • Available active grille shutters that reduce aerodynamic drag

Interior Highlights

  • Cloth upholstery; simulated leather or real leather available
  • Air conditioning; available dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Stereo with MP3 jack and USB port; CD player available
  • Available cruise control
  • Available Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Available navigation system with 7-inch touch-screen
  • Available Bose stereo with internet radio compatibility

Under the Hood

  • Base 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Available i-ELOOP regenerative-braking technology

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Available backup camera
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Available lane departure warning
  • Available forward collision warning
  • Available auto-braking feature to help avoid low-speed collisions

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
107 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Really enjoy

by Dhintz from CA on December 12, 2018

I bought it because it looked cool and I have never heard anything bad about Mazda. After two months of owning this car it has met all my expectations and then some! It?s teally fun and comfortable to ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love my Mazda!

by maddy132308 from Cleveland, OH on December 5, 2018

I don?t know if it was because I updated from a 2008 to a 2015, but my Mazda3 Hatchback is one of the best vehicles in its class. Even for a 2015, now almost 4 years old, still on the same level as ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Mazda Mazda3 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Mazda Mazda3 i SV

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mazda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Mazda3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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